Only 12 miles South of Ayr – taking either the stunning A719 coastal road (via the ‘electric brae’), where you can pop by the beautiful fishing village of Dunure (where Outlander was filmed) or the A77 via Maybole you will find stunning Culzean Castle.
It has a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history and beautiful surroundings and is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions. It is surrounded by Culzean Country Park, an extensive estate encompassing lush woodland, landscaped gardens and rugged coastline. This 18th-century Scottish castle couldn’t be better placed for a family day out. You could easily spend an entire day exploring the country park alone, but with so many treasure-filled rooms to see inside the castle, it’s well worth making time to enjoy both elements of this magnificent historic attraction.
Younger visitors will enjoy discovering the amazing adventure play park – Adventure Cove where they can climb, swing and explore Archibald the Wicked’s Dungeon, the hidden smugglers’ caves, play in the boats on the beach, climb up the Eisenhower tower and see it all from the height of the viaduct – then see the places for real as they explore Culzean.
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum
Explore all about Robert (or Rabbie) Burns, the Ayrshire ploughman who become one of the world’s best known poets.
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum is made up of six sites within the village of Alloway (within the town of Ayr), all within easy reach of each other and offers a truly unique insight into Scotland’s favourite son.
- Burns Cottage – the cosy 3-room cottage where Burns was born and lived until the age of 7
- Monument and Gardens – designed by Sir Thomas Hamilton, complete with nine pillars from Greek mythology
- Brig O’Doon – follow in Tam O’Shanter’s footsteps across the 15th century cobblestone bridge over the River Doon
- Poet’s Path – an attractive pedestrian pathway connecting Burns cottage with the main museum site
- Alloway Auld Kirk – visit the graves of Burns’ father and sister in this 16th century church ruin – ‘where ghaists and houlets nightly cry’
- The Museum – listen to his words, handle objects connected to the man, play games that unravel his mysteries and enjoy visual artworks as well as enjoying a welcome break for sustenance in the restaurant
Dumfries House is an 18th Century Robert Adam designed stately home, which houses an unrivalled, fully documented collection of rococo furniture by Thomas Chippendale and three 18th Century Scottish cabinetmakers. It is located within a 2000 acre estate, around 2 miles west of Cumnock, East Ayrshire and after being threatened with sale and dispersal in 2007 Dumfries House was saved for the nation by HRH, The Prince Charles, The Duke of Rothesay (as The Prince is known in Scotland) who led a consortium of organisations and individuals in a passionate campaign for its rescue. It has beautiful gardens, a visitor centre, restaurant, cafe and shop – there really is something for everyone.
For the younger members of the family
Heads of Ayr Farm Park and undercover Play N’ Wild adventure barn
Heads of Ayr Farm Park and undercover Play N’Wild adventure barn is only 4 miles South of Ayr on the A719 coastal road and whatever the weather there is always something to do there!
There are plenty of exciting activities for all the family – Bumper boats, electric tractors and diggers, an assault course, playpark, giant sand pit, trampolines, ringo sledging, a giant aerial runway and jumping pillows to keep everyone amused! Quad biking is always great fun and they have quads for all ages.
The undercover Play N’ Wild adventure barn has three giant drop slides and a two storey soft play area suitable for all ages – there is also a coffee bar ‘Scallywags’ in the play n’ wild barn and as well as all the fun activities there are many different animals for you to meet and learn all about.
Pirate Pete’s Family Entertainment Centre (including supervised soft play area)
Pirate Pete’s is a Four Star accredited Family Entertainment Centre based on Ayr Seafront. It has Scotland’s biggest indoor adventure play, Scotland’s first mini championship putting course, a traditional seafront tea room and kids outdoor fun park.
Kidz Play is a family owned and run, seaside themed indoor children’s play centre located at the North End of Prestwick beach front just a couple of miles from the apartment.
The Centre boasts:
- A variety of soft play shapes and building blocks and a ball swamp for babies
- A physical area for children aged 1-4 years, including slides, climbing frames, sensory walls panels, ball air machine, ride on toys and playhouses
- An exciting and challenging main play structure for children aged 4-11* years or 5ft 2″, including drop slide, astro slide, canon tower, sports pitch
The centre also provides a selection of comfortable seating areas, toilets and baby changing facilities, breastfeeding area, baby food and bottle heating area and a seaside Café and takeaway. Kidzplay is pleased to welcome children with additional support needs when accompanied and supervised by their parent/carer and access to the Centre is available for wheelchair users.